Over the next week, students across England will receive their A level and GCSE results. For some the next step has been decided, but many will face difficult decisions as they endeavour to plan a sustainable route to employment via training.
Since 2011 schools have been directly responsible for careers guidance and recently the media has levelled criticism at schools for this provision. An article in the Telegraph at the beginning of June claimed a third of school children seek inspiration from the TV following research by Pearsons. These learners must then choose a career and find out what steps they need to get there. Most of them are ill-prepared for that decision.
In turn, the DfE have responded by saying,
Ofsted have said that they will give priority to the inspection of careers guidance from September.
Our solution to the challenge of providing reliable, robust and relevant support to students via an intuitive and accessible web interface is Career Coach.
Career Coach draws LMI from a variety of sources, including Working Futures and NOMIS and maps this data to a college’s provision. This enables students to make well informed decisions and immediately make the link between their career of choice and the courses they will need to study in order to achieve their goals, helping to boost sustainable enrolments, leading to good retention and success rates.
We currently work with more than 20 FE Colleges on Career Coach including the Lakes College. Some of our customers have used Career Coach to incorporate LMI by posting actual statistics on the course page next to the course listing. Learners are able to see whether that course is likely to lead to a promising career. Other colleges, including Chichester College, work in partnership with their feeder schools, strengthening community links and providing seamless transitions for students.
Career Coach gives FE Colleges an additional resource in their Student Services department in terms of Information and Guidance. Career Coach provides students with access to LMI and shows them which courses will lead to the jobs that they are interested in so that they can choose the career that brings the best return on investment.
In a time when school leavers are potentially confused about the best next step, Career Coach can give colleges the edge in marketing their course provision to a wider audience and recruiting students based on careers and jobs.